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10 More Stunning Pools We'd Love to Visit This Summer

We've previously featured some amazing swimming pools that would make anyone's summer a lot cooler, but with so many beautiful pools out there, it's impossible to limit the selection to just fifteen. Here are ten more absolutely gorgeous pools to day dream about.

The Human Watering Hole

There aren't many place where you can take a dip and watch elephants roam the savannah at the same time, but the "human watering hole" at Four Seasons Safari Lodge in Tanzania allows you to do just that.

The Perivolas Pool

Sanding high above the Aegean Sea, the white infinity pool at Perivolas provides incredible views that seem to be at one with the horizon.

The Many Theme Park Pools of Atlantis

With not just one pool but almost a dozen of them, the Atlantis on Paradise Island is certain to please children and adults alike. Don't miss the clear-tunnel waterslide that sends you through a whole tank of sharks!

The Luxurious Pools of Oberoi Udaivias

Whether you prefer the labyrinth-like main pool, the spa pool adorned with gentle arches or the semi-private pool that is only accessible by those who stay in the rooms closest to the lake, you'll be sure to fall in love with the pools of Oberoi Udaivias.

Ceasar's Garden of the Gods

The Garden of the Gods at Ceasar's Palace in Las Vegas offers the choice of up to eight pools in a space that expands an amazing five acres.

Laucala

There are plenty of amazing beaches around Fiji's Laucala Island Resort, but their lap pool built right inside the stunning main pool isn't to be missed.

The Fiber Optic Pool

With a resort that's surrounded by pristine white sand beaches, Huvafen Fushi had to do something truly amazing to make their pool stand out. The addition of more than 1000 small fiber optic lights managed to make the mineral pool truly memorable.

Nandana's Infinity Pool

The infinity pool at Nandana Villa seems to be at one with the Atlantic Ocean of the Bahamas outside. The pool also serves as a stunning focal point of the villa itself.

The Golden Pool

Dreaming of wealth and a life of leisure? Then you may want to take a nap in the golden pool at the St. Regis Lhasa Resort. Kept at a cozy 90 degrees Fahrenheit, this pool is a great place to rejuvenate and relax.

The Cantilevered Pool

Hong Kong’s Hotel Indigo provides a one-of-a-kind view from their rooftop pool that overlooks the city not only from the side of the pool, but through the bottom of it as well.

Be sure to check back with us, because we will absolutely be following up on this topic with even more wonderful pools.


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9 Epic Man Caves

Sometimes a man needs a place to get away from the world -whether to spend some time alone or some time with his buddies. The man cave is a perfect refuge from work, family and life in general and these man caves are just about as removed from the everyday world as you could hope for.

Skyrim Inspired

Comic book artist Tyler Kirkham created the ultimate in geeky man caves when he spent over $50,000 creating this truly magnificent tribute to Skyrim and the rest of the Elder Scroll series. His space includes a kitchen, a bathroom, an alchemy lab, a secret door hidden behind a bookcase, a waterfall, a suit of armor, a $20,000 home theater system and over $8,000 worth of stone masonry.

Fan Zone

This home in Forest Hill, North Carolina is an ultimate shrine to the Toronto Maple Leafs, featuring not only a collection of photos, equipment and uniforms from team members -but even a turnstile from the Maple Leaf Gardens. The main seating area features a drop down screen and projector to create one impressive viewing area, as well as peripheral televisions on each side.

One Great Garage

If you ask many men what they'd want in their dream man cave, they'll tell you they want a gorgeous car. This ultimate garage hangout by tdSwansburg Design Studio is the epitome of car collector fantasies. The space not only includes the owner's prized collection of Mustangs and Shelby  Cobras, but also a full bar and entertainment center.

Wooden & Rustic

Just a fraction of the space of this $11.5 million waterfront home in Orcas Island, Washington makes up the beautiful game room, but it's enough to make you dream of long nights spent sipping scotch, shooting pool and reading anything by Ernest Hemmingway.

Barn Room

If you're of the opinion that a man cave should be its own separate structure, then you'll love this beautiful, rustic design by Heritage Restorations. With a wet bar, a pool table, a ping pong table and an entertainment center it's the perfect home-away-from-home that's still next door to home.

Wood & Stone

This wonderful basement man cave by CHC Creative Remodeling features wooden walls and flooring, stone accents and a stunning ceiling inspired by the night sky. Entertainment options include vintage video games, pinball machines, a foosball table, a full bar, slot machines, a pool table. The basement is even equipped with its own gym and a half bathroom.

Sporty & Sleek

With a home theater, a basketball court, a full bar and a shuffleboard table, this great space by Kaufman Construction Design and Build functions as both a man cave and a great place for the whole family to get together and enjoy each other's company.

Covering All Bases

With an awesome baseball-themed home theater room, an indoor basketball court and a game room equipped with pinball, video games, pool and a card table, this basement renovation by BOWA may be designed for a family, but it has all the makings of a magnificent man cave.

Simple & Modern

With three tvs, a comfy couch, shelves of helmets and an air hockey table, this great space by KDS Interiors shows that man caves don't need to be massive to be brilliant.

For those looking for a man cave focused around audio and video entertainment, don't miss our great collection of amazing home theaters.


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10 Totally Beautiful Modern Libraries

Libraries have traditionally been a central attraction for those gaining knowledge and their detailed, stunning architecture often reflect that fact. In modern times though, libraries have been losing influence in their communities. But there are some designers working to keep interest in our book depositories alive.

Harold Washington Library, USA

Beeby & Babka did a marvelous job of combining old and new design touches in their beautiful, modern neoclassical library. The red brick contrasts strikingly with the dark glass rooftop while still managing to fit in well with the surrounding Chicago architecture.

Central Library of Vancouver, Canada

Taking obvious influence from the Roman Coliseum, Vancouver's central library is one of the city's most famous icons. The beautiful and influential structure was designed by DA Architects and Moshe Safdie and fills up an entire city block and features shops, restaurants, a parking lot, office buildings and a rooftop garden.

Stuttgart City Library, Germany

Designed by Yi Architects, Germany's Stuttgart City Library has a striking cube-like shape covered in a unique pattern of doors lined up nine by nine on the exterior. Inside, the pure white color scheme makes the structure look like a library from heaven. The library is actually just the first completed structure in a much larger development that will be built around it, so these amazing views of the building are only going to be around for a short period.

Halmstad City Library, Sweden

Set in a park near the Nissan River, the Halmstad Library overlooks the city's historic center with floor-to-ceiling windows stretching across the entire building's exterior, providing natural light and a completely green heat source. The structure, design by Schmidt, Hammer and Lassen, extends beyond the walkway along the river and into the Nissan itself like an enclosed pier.

National Library of Belarus

The dramatic shapes and angles of Belarus' national library have led to the structure quickly becoming one of the most popular attractions in the city. The arhombicuboctahedron structure designed by Victor Kramarenko and Mikhail Vinogradov houses not only the largest collection of Belarusian printed materials, but also the third largest collection of Russian books. Since its opening in 2006, the building has been listed as one of the World's Best Libraries, 100 Most Surprising Acheivements of Modern Architecture and Top 50 Unusual Buildings.

EPM Library, Colombia

Udeb Arquitectos designed the EPM library to look like an upside down pyramid, with the massive structure stretching over 107,000 square feet. The entrance plaza is adorned by a collection of white columns that stretch into the sky like a white forest and the entire library project was completed along with a major urban renewal plan to revitalize the city of Medellin.

TU Delft Library, The Netherlands

The largest technical scientific library in The Netherlands, Delft University's cone-topped study center is a popular destination for everyone in the area that is seeking to expand their knowledge. The roof of the structure is covered in grass, allowing students a comfortable place to relax and read under the sun, while keeping the library itself well insulated and comfortable. At the same time, Mecanoo's use of an iconic white cone creates a unique focal point that lets natural light flow into the building below.

The Black Diamond, Denmark

With tons of irregular angles and a polished black granite exterior, The Black Diamond is a highly appropriate name for the Royal Danish Library. Designed by Schmidt, Hammer and Lassen, the structure is one of the most famous landmarks along the Copenhagen waterfront. The library not only houses space for over 200,000 books, but also scientific institutions, exhibition rooms, a cafe, a bookshop and a restaurant.

Spanish Park Library, Colombia

Perched on a hill rising above Santo Domingo, the Parque Biblioteca España is an icon of modernist design in South America. The three rock-like buildings are a major contrast to the plain, low-income homes in the area, providing a place for locals to learn and dream. As architect Giancarlo Mazzanti explained, “We wanted to take people from this poor community into another place and change their reality.”

Peckham Library, UK

Will Alsop of Alsop & Stormer designed this library was designed to look like no other building in the area in order to inspire curiosity from passersby. After its grand opening in March of 2000, it quickly received numerous awards, including the Stirling Award for architectural innovation, the Civic Trust Award for excellence in public architecture, the Copper Cladding Award and more.

These lovely libraries remind us of the knowledge and magic that hides within the pages on their shelves, reminding us that even in our technological age, there is still plenty of room for good old fashioned books. While this list only features libraries from the Americas and Europe, we fully intend to feature more libraries in future articles from other fantastic locations across the globe.


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